The Trail Magic Story

What even is this podcast?


The Trail Magic Podcast is the brainchild of Megan Brake, who is a queer woman who loves the outdoors and is tired of hearing the same story over and over.

This podcast is intended to be a space that makes the outdoors feel accessible. It is intended to highlight the human stories, the struggles that we all face, the barriers that prevent entry, and the challenges that we overcome on our quest for peace and tranquility and achievement in the outdoors.


Episodes Meet Our Storytellers

landscape of the eastern sierra


Megan Brake

The Woman with the Idea

Osceola Mountain

My journey into the outdoors started as a child, I was always playing in the woods and telling myself stories about the fairies and other mystical creatures that lived in the trees. But during my teenage and college years I lost touch with that side of myself, consumed by more material concerns. It was only when I escaped from an abusive relationship during my senior year in college that I found the mountains again. Hiking for me was a place of healing, and a place to rediscover myself. But it has also been a place of trauma and a place to harm myself.

My relationship with the outdoors is complicated, and yet I consistently return to the outdoors for healing, for peace, for a place of contemplation. No matter what hardships I face in the mountains, or in the ocean, I always come away having learned something.

I wanted to create this podcast to highlight the stories of everyday people who have learned something, about themselves, about the world, in the outdoors. I sincerely hope you enjoy.

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Megan Brake creator of Trail Magic Podcast

“I’m outdoorsy in the sense that I like drinking on patios.”

The Storytellers

Everyday People in Exceptional Circumstances


Our storytellers are not celebrities, they (most likely) don’t have the record for the fastest known time on the Appalachian Trail and they haven’t visited every country on earth before the age of 25. They are regular people from all around the world, from every sexual and gender identity, from all races, nationalities, and ethnicities, who have their own relationship to the outdoors and a story that they want to tell.

Trail Magic is an inclusive space where every story is valid and every voice is included. If you have a story that you want to tell, please reach out to us, we would love to hear from you!